Five Ways Volunteering Impacts Your Career

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We officially changed our name from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) on July 1, 2019. News stories posted on the Career Connection blog are now using the new UMGC name. However, because the transition to the university’s new name will take several months to complete, you may still see the UMUC name, logo and look on our website and other materials through early 2020. 

Volunteering allows you to give back to your community and provides personal and professional growth. Whether you are serving on a community association board, raising money for scholarships, or organizing an event, these are just some of the types of opportunities you could participate in to put your current skills to work and to develop new ones. However, before deciding to volunteer, consider the following:

  1. Why do you want to volunteer?
  1. How will volunteering for this organization help you reach your goal? 

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Tips for Choosing the Best Resume Type

Your resume is a self-marketing tool that outlines your skills and experiences so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to their organization. The goal of an effective resume is to highlight and summarize your qualifications. When crafting a resume, it is important to decide what you want to emphasize so you can choose the best resume type to fit your needs. Continue below for explanations of each resume type.

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Building Your Career Through Freelancing

Whether you are launching your first career or transitioning into a new one, you should consider the option of freelancing as a stepping stone to develop your skills and confidence. According to a recent report by Upwork and Freelancers Union, there are an estimated 57.3 million Americans currently freelancing. However, the thought of being your own boss may be daunting and it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Here are some tips to help you launch a career as a freelancer.

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The #1 Secret to Interview Success

When you’re job hunting, it seems like advice is everywhere—from blog posts and articles, to books aplenty. Your friends, family, and colleagues may also weigh in, solicited or not, with their opinions and suggestions. In fact, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a job hunter is how to filter through all the information to find the advice that works for you.

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